In early August of this year, I had a brief vision the Lord put on my heart to publicly share.
I was sitting in my backyard on my swing set when an image came before me. Immediately, I saw a picture of a tree. I could not tell what type of tree it was since its focus was on its roots. The roots had dug deep and were spread out, which I could see beneath the dirt. Within the sediment were two large rocks, one on the right and one to the left. Suddenly, the tree’s roots did a most unnatural thing – they started clustering together. The roots bundled together as two primary roots – one on the right and one on the left. It was at this time the roots turned inward, each grasping around one of the two rocks. Once each root was firmly secured around its respective rock, I heard the phrase, “A storm is coming.” That is the end of what I saw and heard.
It’s necessary to break down any dream or vision by its parts as they can metaphorically represent what the Holy Spirit is communicating. Here are the main components of the vision:
- The tree – The last public vision I had was also a tree which was shaken to its core (See: “Shaken”). It represented the Christian church, as a whole, during this current ‘shaking’ we are in. As a result, the shaking was necessary to destroy the restrictive growth (the cement) to allow God to plant a seed for new development (the seeds falling from the tree). In this vision, I see the tree representing individual Christ-followers, more than the church itself. While the vision can be communicated corporately, it speaks of an individual’s relationship with the Lord and how to respond to the storm.
- The roots – Roots absorb and carry water and minerals from the soil to the rest of the tree. Roots also anchor the section of the tree that is above ground. If our ‘roots’ are firmly planted and “established in love,” that is, in Christ, (Ephesians 3:17) we will be nourished and steadfast since we remain in Him (John 15:4-10). We will also be strong enough to handle the elements above ground because our roots in Christ secure us.
- The rocks – Rocks typically symbolize strength and security. In Scripture, we note that our God is the Rock (Deuteronomy 32:4), Christ is the Cornerstone (Matthew 21:42; Acts 4:11), and He is the foundation in which the church is built upon (Matthew 16:18; 1 Peter 2:5). The roots wrapping around the rocks reveal the importance of securing oneself upon the rock, which is imperative to the tree’s vitality and durability.
- “A storm is coming” – A phrase indicating the external pressures or ‘winds’ that will come upon the tree. This is what will come.
The nature of the phrase leads me to believe that it is a word concerning the near future. After seeking the Lord and praying through our nation and the divisive politics that continuously plague us, I received this vision. While I do not know the exact timing of when this vision will occur, I believe that it is a timely word in preparation for the United States election on November 3rd and its effects afterward.
If you were told that you had a week until a hurricane was heading your way, what would you do? You would diligently prepare. Your preparations would consist of extra water, foods, a medical kit, and tools. While this vision may not be speaking of getting ready in the natural, it is of utmost importance that you ‘prepare’ in the spiritual. NOW is the time to get into your Word. NOW is the moment to pray, fast, and get rid of distractions that can so easily entangle. Remember, the Lord is inviting you to participate in what He wants to do in this world, so your prayers are necessary! Be the change God wants to see as the people of God rising up for His Kingdom.
2. SHOW ME YOUR ROOTS
In this vision, the roots were deep enough to wrap around the two rocks. My concern is that those who have shallow roots will fall when the storm comes because they did not have the roots deep enough to cling to the Rock – the Rock of Salvation. (2 Samuel 22:2-3)
This is a call for those who have been satisfied with the status quo of their walk with God for far too long. If you have been apathetic towards living a Spirit-filled life and lazy in spiritual disciplines, I pray that you will be awakened from these words! The ONLY way to grow deeper roots is to live your lives in Him. Scripture says, “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 1:6-7 NASB).
Let your roots, “grow down into Him” (Colossians 1:6 NLT) so you do not have to give into fear, “when the heat comes” (Jeremiah 17:7). When persecution arises – such as standing up for your faith – you will have the root to sustain, unlike the seed thrown among the rocks, which have no root (Mark 4:16-17). Whatever way the storms are raging, you can have peace because Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33) because you are firmly planted and rooted in Him.
3. DO YOUR PART
My goal was to communicate what the Lord put on my heart and to share it faithfully. The next part is up to you. I’d encourage you to bring this vision and what I wrote regarding it to the Lord so that He can speak to you regarding it. My purpose is not to make you do anything, but to be obedient in pointing to Christ. However He wants you to prepare during this time — it is up to you. Simply dismissing the vision will hinder what the Holy Spirit wants to do within you while you wait on the Lord this season. There’s no better time than now to intercede for our nation, seek the Lord’s face for our loved ones, and uphold God’s will.
If you feel overcome by the world’s chaos and embittered by the divisiveness, give it to the Lord! The enemy wants to use your feelings to fuel anger and be blinded by an agenda contrary to God’s plan. Trust in Him and rely on your security to come from the Good News, not the evening news. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18), so do not let fear seize your hearts and guide your decision-making process. Perfect love is the agape love of God, so let your roots grow deep into Him – for those roots to stretched down in the hidden places, so sin does not wither your root. To drink from the spiritual Rock of Christ (1 Corinthians 10:4) so you will stand when the storm comes. Make ready! May the Lord speak to you in the secret place as you spend quality, enriching time nourishing your soul.
Have a blessed week!
 For biblical examples of people represented as trees, read Daniel 4, Psalm 1, or Matthew 7:15-20 to name a few.